Ixopo nuns wait patiently as suspects appear in court

2015-05-12 09:53
Sister Gerald Frye looks at a picture of nuns at the Sacred Heart Convent in Ixopo (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

Sister Gerald Frye looks at a picture of nuns at the Sacred Heart Convent in Ixopo (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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A LARGE group of nuns from the Sacred Heart Convent in Ixopo converged on the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday, expecting the killers of Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher (86) to plead to charges arising from her murder.

However, the two young men were brought to the court merely to consult their legal aid advocate, Zina Anastasiou, yesterday.

The nuns waited patiently in the foyer as Anastasiou held discussions behind closed doors with her clients in an empty courtroom.

They stood silently watching the men as they were later led out of the courtroom in handcuffs under police guard.

The state has indicated that following the consultation the men are expected to appear in court today.

They will be asked to plead to charges of murder, rape, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances following the attack on Sister Gertrud (known as Sister Stefani) at the convent last month.

The village of Ixopo was devastated by the murder and rape of the elderly Austrian nun, who was found dead in her room at the convent on April 18

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